This unique programme brings expertise from the latest insights in social innovation research with LSE’s tradition for academic excellence, alongside practical learnings from our network of socially-focused organisations worldwide, into the classroom.
You will learn to think beyond current trends and fashions in the young and rapidly-developing field of social innovation, and develop critical academic views informed by cutting-edge research in management, psychology, sociology, economics and anthropology.
Based on this, you will learn how to design, launch and scale-up successful entrepreneurial ventures with social goals. Core courses will develop your managerial skills, and grow your talent as a successful leader of teams and organisations. Real consulting and social innovation design projects will develop your professional experience and entrepreneurial skills, and give an opportunity to start your own social enterprise during your year at LSE.
You will have the opportunity to undertake an international field trip to conduct research with an NGO or company in a developing country, gaining first-hand experience of the diverse range of issues faced by different communities worldwide. You will learn to critically analyse the root cause of social issues in their specific social, economic and political contexts, and to design effective solutions based on a clear understanding of the real problem.
You will graduate with lifelong critical skills and a platform for success in developing and leading socially-focused ventures.
The MSc Social Innovation and Entrepreneurships offers the opportunity to develop your career as a talented, insightful and entrepreneurial manager.
The programme will provide the knowledge, skills and networks you need to take the next step in your career, whether this will be to launch or grow your own socially-focused entrepreneurial venture, drive forward your career in your current organisation, or find a route to transition into social innovation from another sector.
Graduates from the LSE Department of Management are highly sought-after in the job market, and go on to successful careers in a range of leading organisations worldwide. Many of our graduates have also launched successful start-up ventures.
This multidisciplinary master’s degree programme provides in-depth knowledge on sustainable development and sustainability leadership. The programme provides students with an understanding of organisation and leadership theory in the context of sustainability. It also provides students with an understanding of research methods for sustainable decision-making. The education lays a solid foundation for those seeking to lead or manage sustainable initiatives in the workplace, community and the world.
The master’s degree programme is grounded in four core premises:
1. Sustainability requires new forms of organising, especially when it comes to project-based organisations involving diverse stakeholders.
2. Organising and leading sustainability requires new and diverse leading and organising skills, understanding and knowledge for managers and leaders of sustainable projects.
3. Organising and leading sustainability requires a new way of thinking sustainability within and between organisations. Current research on social entrepreneurship and social innovation can reveal new methods and strategies with regards to this.
4. Methodological and methodical knowledge and understanding are needed to enable leaders to make sustainable decisions.
Based on these four premises, the programme bridges together the fields of organisation theory, leadership, project management, social innovation and social entrepreneurship so that together new ways of organising and leading sustainability can be created. This will enable students to rethink commonly held perceptions of leadership and organisational development.
In this programme students are taught to reflect upon organisational and leadership challenges linked to organisational development and sustainability. This programme provides students with knowledge and critical understanding of current research in the fields of leadership and organisation, project management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the context of sustainability and sustainable development.
This master's programme is also focused on action and doing via diverse projects and even via the thesis work. This is a way to develop students’ professional, conceptual and human skills so that as for example future sustainable leaders and social entrepreneurs, they will drive sustainable changes and have the capacity to make informed decisions about organisational and leadership issues in the management of sustainable organisations and projects.
Finally, embedded in this program is the idea that sustainability can be reached if individuals rethink commonly held perceptions of leadership and organisational development.
TeachingLectures, seminars, and workshop enable interaction in small and large class. Group work is used to generate discussions about sustainability, especially while doing case studies. Study visits and guest lectures connect learning with practice. Individual papers, individual studies and the thesis work enable to focus and gain specific and in-depth knowledge to master the subject at hand.
This programme lays a solid foundation for those seeking to work as key players in project management and organisational development environments, and where the broader issues of societal development are important. The skills acquired will be relevant for managers in local, national and international governmental bodies, the private and non-profit sector and in consultancy work.
The entrepreneurial content of the course is designed to stimulate and encourage students to initiate projects, businesses or organisations with the purpose of working towards sustainable development.
Knowledge and understanding
Skills and competences
Judgement and approach
Master's Degree (60 credits).
Degree of Master of Arts (60 credits) with a Major in Leadership and Organisation.
There is a growth in the number of entrepreneurs starting businesses with social and environmental purposes. This exciting MA will enable you to develop a critical understanding of and practical insights into modes of social enterprise.
There is an urgent need for talented individuals who can design novel solutions to our most profound societal challenges.
This international MA provides practical and sociological tools to individuals motivated to develop alternative economic practices and frameworks to meet such challenges. These might include (but are not limited to) social enterprises, collaborative innovation networks, hubs, digital platforms, support intermediaries and/or policy proposals.
Benefitting from the MA’s timely educational content as well as from its firm roots in London’s rich networks, our students go on to become thought leaders in the burgeoning social innovation field, advancing it in a creative fashion from their chosen angle. Past graduates have gone on to create their own social enterprises or to work for prestigious organisations such as the Yunus Institute and Social Enterprise UK, while some have elected to carry out advanced research into social innovation.
The MA in Social Entrepreneurship is one of the few graduate programmes in the world dedicated entirely to the study of the fast-moving field of social entrepreneurship and innovation.
It will equip you with a strong understanding of foundational theories of entrepreneurship, innovation, social problems and policy (with organisational sociology as the base discipline) while supplying practical tools in relation to entrepreneurial modelling and SROI.
There is also a marked emphasis on creativity, which means that you will have considerable scope to choose the precise topics you wish to tackle and the approaches you wish to apply. Teaching on the course is interactive and seminar-driven rather than based on the traditional model of long lectures and limited discussions.
The programme will introduce you to key concepts in the historical development of social enterprise and innovation and to its changing role in society and the economy. Seminars and talks will be given by social entrepreneurs, as well as leading professionals.
You'll learn innovative approaches to developing an enterprise, and gain confidence in revenue generation and financial modelling.
A significant amount of the learning is delivered through group projects and activities. This is designed to develop your individual communication skills and teamwork.
The programme consists of five core modules:
In addition to these main modules, we also regularly invite external experts from intermediaries such as UnLtd and other educational institutions such as the University of Oxford to ensure our students get access to a wide range of cutting-edge topics in the field. Social and alternative finance is among the key areas examined in such guest lectures; social innovation cases from particular country-contexts such as, for example, South Korea, Japan and Colombia also feature frequently.
We are occasionally able to provide additional training in related fields (such as accounting) in the form of short-term workshops to strengthen our students’ educational experience at Goldsmiths and at the University of London. We also encourage you to become members of various social entrepreneurship/collaboration hubs around London for learning and networking purposes.
The MA in Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths is quite unlike traditional business/management-driven courses in the field: on the one hand, it allows scope for a far deeper examination of the theoretical and practical foundations of social innovation; on the other, it provides unique access to an expanding learning community (formed by our students and our wider, growing network) engaged in real-time research.
Equally important is the fact that students are consciously encouraged to, and supported with, forming their professional public profiles, through things like:
Because our students possess diverse, highly relevant knowledge that they have accumulated prior to coming to Goldsmiths, real efforts are made to integrate this knowledge and experience into the collective learning processes.
One relevant tool that we employ here is an interactive peer-review process that we employ to raise the quality of student output, which means that often student essays (not just dissertations) are of publishable quality. Furthermore, we take full advantage of our location within London’s bustling community of social innovation by engaging with leading intermediaries, practitioners and (junior as well as senior) thought leaders.
The skills you'll develop throughout the MA include: entrepreneurial knowledge and skills; a critical understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of social entrepreneurship; the ability to critically examine the conditions required for innovation and entrepreneurship to make a strong impact on societal problems; the ability to apply entrepreneurial approaches to projects; effective business and communication skills.
It is intended that students completing this programme will seek employment primarily in two areas.
Firstly: self-employed in their own social enterprise or a member of a team of an SME developing from an existing or new practice.
Secondly: within government or NGO organisations concerned with developing the infrastructure and environment for new social enterprises to flourish.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.
This program is aimed at high-level applicants who thrive to become change makers. Whatever the size of the company, the function or the sector they will work in, graduates will have acquired the specific skills and mindset necessary to implement changes in business, innovation, and human resources management. SASI graduates shape the world of tomorrow.
Students will be taught by experts in their field of management, most of whom are members of the Centre of Research on Society and Organisation within HEC Paris.
In addition to the fundamental theory, students will find a real emphasis on up-to-date and innovative practices from experienced practitioners, such as professional economists, top bank managers, and leading consultancy experts, throughout the year. Conferences, internships and career fairs will all provide students with the opportunity to interact with alumni and leaders in the sustainable development industry. Networking with these professionals will enable students to successfully start or enhance their career in Consulting, Finance, Marketing and Operation Management.
In fact, the program has a 93% employment rate within 3 months of graduation, and an average starting salary of €43K.
During this program, students will carry out at least 4 months of professional experience and take part in a consulting project, where they will be able to take part in a real-life business case with a company or NGO. Placements are available in global companies, such as Deloitte, Toyota and KPMG, among many others, during which students can also expand their network.
Every year, students are able to participate in an exciting opportunity of travelling to developing countries in order to understand the sustainable development issues that exist and solutions that are being developed.
The program also includes double-degree opportunities with the Norwegian School of Economics and Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo.
The program offers students the possibility to tailor their curriculum thanks to a wide range of elective courses and to 3 concentration tracks.
Students also have access to 8 certificates, which allow them to specialize in a specific area of interest, or gain knowledge of another related area.
Do you ever wonder why mothers are more likely than fathers to work part-time and care for their children? Or why some countries oblige unemployment benefit recipients to follow strict activation requirements while others do not? Maybe you’ve thought about what the expected and real-life benefits and challenges of the decentralization of care are? Or how societies are changing as a result of increasing cultural diversity and social inequality?
If you are interested in studying such issues, this one-year Master's programme is for you. You will develop knowledge about interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives on social policy and interventions, which will help you gain in-depth insight into the methodology and skills needed to research social policy and intervention issues in the domain of health and wellbeing, in particular related to work, care and participation. More specifically, you will look into problems such as:
You will also study people's strategies for dealing with social risks, including:
This will be done by combining knowledge from the behavioural and social sciences.
The academic staff in our faculty participate in a wide variety of research projects into the problems that are central to this Master's programme, including themes as diverse as:
Our Master’s programme is truly an international programme, in both its teaching and its orientation. Many of the problems focused on in this Master's programme have a strong European or global dimension, such as: ageing and care, migration and ethnic relationships, individualization and solidarity, gender and sexual diversity, and social environments and health. The same goes for the policy and intervention approaches that are used to tackle these issues. You will find that this international perspective is a key feature of the programme. You will learn to take this international perspective in a global teaching environment, with staff and students from the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.
In addition to its international, comparative perspective, the programme is also characterized by its interdisciplinary and multi-method approach. This international, interdisciplinary and multi-method focus also applies to the research you will undertake for your master’s thesis, as well as in the exploration of professional practices. In your research, you will draw on a combination of scientific perspectives from the behavioural and social sciences, in particular psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology. In exploring professional practices, you will also draw on a combination of scientific perspectives, through a focus on social policies, mostly informed by social science, and interventions, mostly grounded in behavioural sciences.
This Master's programme is intended to enable you to become an academic professional. As a graduate of the Social Policy and Public Health programme, you will be able to study social problems from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. You will also have acquired the professional and academic skills necessary to design, implement, and evaluate social policies and interventions. These skills will allow you to pursue a career as a social scientist, working with government agencies, social service organizations, civil society organizations, or private sector companies.
This MSc will equip you with the fundamental knowledge and skills required for managing innovative product and brand or policy development, service delivery, or integration of emerging technologies in fast-paced industries.
The management of innovation is the critical element ensuring successful new products and services are encouraged, survive, and flourish.
Every successful company from technologists like Google, Apple, and Spotify to think tanks and agencies like Ogilvy, Unruly Media or Mindshare, media like Monocle, BBC, and Wall Street Journal, and even movements like Bitcoin and Occupy understand the need for innovation and creativity.
Another common characteristic of these organisations is that senior executives or leaders from all of them have shared and discussed innovation challenges and opportunities with students on this programme. Recent speakers in our Innovation Case Studies series have included fashion designer Paul Smith, 'city super woman' Nicola Horlick, and editor of Monocle Tyler Brûlé.
Goldsmiths graduates have recently captured Academy Awards, Baftas, and Golden Globes (Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave), the Mercury Prize (James Blake) and the Turner Prize (Laure Prouvost). We have a long history of demonstrating innovation and our students have the unique opportunity of developing interdisiciplinary practical and theoretical management capabilities in this bustling creative and entrepreneurial environment.
You'll learn core leadership skills, and how to apply them to manage the near continuous need for innovations and changes in organisational products, structures, strategies, and processes. You can choose to study the latest techniques and strategies for consumer behaviour and marketing or seek to develop a fully formed business model for entreprenurial ventures.
The programme mixes theory and practice and allows you to obtain a professional qualification in project management and development, which will enhance your employment prospects.
The Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths benefits from excellent links with industry. Graduates of this programme will be capable of leadership and adaptive management styles, and will be able to direct and manage innovation in a variety of organisations.
In addition to these modules, you'll also partake in a compulsory Research Project:
Research Project (60 credits)
You'll undertake an independent piece of research or a large-scale multimedia website and/or mobile application addressing a specific innovation gap or entrepreneurial opportunity related to digital entrepreneurship. The research dissertation should be no longer than 10,000 words. If you choose to develop a multimedia application you must provide an accompanying 3,000 word critical analysis essay reflecting on the production process. You'll be allocated to an appropriate supervisor.
Students on the MSc Management of Innovation programme can choose 45 credits of options. This offers opportunities for students to focus on specific aspects of management and innovation that fit with individual student interests from developing innovative ventures to product development and progressive and contemporary forms of managing and motivating human capital.
Please note as an enrolled postgraduate student it is often possible to take additional modules from other departments at Goldsmiths, however these audited modules are not for credit towards your MSc.
The programme will help you develop strong project management, problem-solving, decision-making and critical evaluation skills. You'll develop an understanding of theories of leadership, and the characteristics of the organisational and social structures within which leaders and talented individuals work. You'll learn about project management and how it can be applied to a range of project environments. You'll also learn about innovation approaches and challenges, and how to translate conceptual and theoretical implications of innovation to practical applications.
Graduates of the programme will be capable of managing projects full of change, transformation, and innovation in any size of organisation – from start-ups to non-profits and Fortune 500 companies. Senior level industry guest speakers and analysts feature on several of the modules on the programme.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.
Innovation can enable firms to achieve superior performance and competitive advantage in the global marketplace. In today’s dynamic business environment, managers are challenged to provide innovative ideas for new products, services, markets and business models.
This masters degree provides you with the skills and knowledge to successfully manage innovation within the global economy. It will help you appreciate the dynamics and complexity of innovation, understand how to explore and identify opportunities, and give you the skills to be able to respond.
Through a combination of theoretical and practical teaching, you will be equipped to design, lead and implement all types of innovation within an organisation. You’ll learn a range of management strategies and practices, which will help you to identify opportunities and coordinate knowledge.
The course is ideal if you wish to gain expertise in leading strategic innovation initiatives, developing new ventures, products and services.
Our research makes an important contribution to your learning on this course, as academics bring their expertise to you in the classroom.
The Centre for Technology, Innovation and Engagement (C-TIE) is based at the Business School, and brings together researchers and practitioners interested in addressing a broad range of innovation and entrepreneurship topics.
Some of our leading academics are key players in the research network ManETEI (Management of Emerging Technology for Economic Impact), which brings together leading European Business Schools, research institutes and partners from different sectors, technologies and countries. The network focuses on managing emergent technologies for maximum economic and social impact.
The course introduces you to the fundamental concepts and techniques of innovation management. Core modules will explore the importance of different types of innovation and how they interact with each other, as well as the challenges of commercialising ideas and practical aspects of leading innovation teams. A grounding in international business theory and the globalisation of innovation will put this into context, and you’ll develop your knowledge of research design in the subject.
You’ll expand your knowledge during modules that focus on managing and using intellectual capital and strategic management techniques. An additional module will cultivate your professional skills, allowing you to undertake fieldwork and develop research of your own.
There are opportunities to gain specialist knowledge in areas that suit your own interests – you’ll choose from a range of optional modules in management and business topics such as enterprise creation, decision making and supply chain management.
You’ll also focus on a specific topic of your choice during your dissertation project in the third semester. This is an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired and can be either a research dissertation or a practical consultancy project.
You'll take nine compulsory modules, including your dissertation.
You'll choose one optional module.
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials.
Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.
Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.
This masters degree prepares you to lead strategic innovation initiatives in a range of organisations. It is ideal for those seeking a managerial career in industries that have a fast pace of change and a high degree of creativity.
As a graduate of this course, you will be well-equipped with theoretical and practical knowledge, and have the necessary skills to lead innovation.
Thanks to our strong corporate links, we will help you to connect with leading global organisations involved in innovation management, to understand the variety of exciting roles and careers that are available to you as an innovation professional.
Links with industry
Senior figures in innovation are often invited to deliver guest lectures at the Business School, providing a practitioner's view of the latest industry developments. We also host regular speakers as part of our Corporate Wisdom Event Series, bringing together innovation experts in industry with our academic and student community.
Students also have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.
Institute for Design Innovation
The Institute for Design Innovation is committed to delivering high-quality teaching and research that aims to address real-life enterprise and social innovation needs.
Our Design Innovation Management programmes allow students to engage in globally connected creative projects whilst studying in the ‘design capital of the world’. These projects will provide students with experience of working in cross-cultural and globally distributed design-teams, skills increasingly required by industry.
We are committed to helping our students achieve great things, and encourage all of our students to build professional relationships with the organisations that interest them the most. Whether your goal is to launch your own business or support the development of an existing product or service, the Institute for Design Innovation is dedicated to making your future ambitions a reality.
For more information, see our programme page for Design Innovation Management MSc
Our Design Innovation Management MSc has been established to develop innovative thinkers from creative designers. You will learn the value of collaborative behaviour through active learning and team work, analysing and evaluating problems by responding to challenges in real time. You will also take part in a substantial innovation management project, which will draw upon your analytical and research skills.
You will enhance your design skills and knowledge through theoretical and practical application. In turn, this will improve your effectiveness as a designer. This programme enables you to pursue a broad range of design management careers in the private and public sector. In particular, we aim to enhance your career prospects and prepare you for roles in innovation management.
Enterprise Through the Curriculum is an intrinsic element of every master’s programme at Loughborough University London and has been carefully designed to give students the best possible chance of securing their dream role. From employability profiling to live group projects set by a business or organisation, and from site visits to organisation-based dissertation opportunities, Loughborough University London is the first of its kind to develop a suite of activities and support that is positioned as the underpinning of every student’s experience.
Future career prospects
On completion, you might expect to gain senior management roles in a range of sectors, including marketing, new product development, innovation, research and development, and technology.
Graduates will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and career prospects further by undertaking an MRes or PhD programme
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If you'd like to know more about this programme, you can request an email or telephone call from an academic responsible for the teaching of this programme.
Scholarships for 2018 entry
Our ambition is to inspire high achieving students from all backgrounds, to benefit from our outstanding teaching and cutting edge research facilities.
Inspiring Success Scholarship
The Inspiring Success Scholarship offers 100% off the full cost of tuition fees for selected unemployed and underemployed graduates, who obtained GCSE or A-level (or equivalent) qualifications from Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham or Waltham Forest.
East London Community Scholarship
The East London Community Scholarship offers 50% off the full cost of tuition fees for students who obtained GCSE or A-level (or equivalent) qualifications from Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest.
The Excellence scholarship automatically awards high-achieving students 20% off the full cost of our master’s tuition fees, regardless of their full-time programme or nationality. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must have an upper-second class degree or equivalent qualification recognised by Loughborough University.
The Alumni Bursary automatically awards graduates of Loughborough University 10% off the full cost of our master's tuition fees, regardless of their full-time programme or nationality.
Further details about the full range of scholarships we offer are available on our website.